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April 1955

Semen Dyscrasia in Schizophrenia renia

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Urology, Boston State Hospital, and Beth Israel Hospital.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1955;73(4):410-415. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1955.02330100042008

Frontiers exist between the various fields of medicine, but modern research is gradually eliminating them by adapting the diagnostic tools of one specialty to investigate another. This report is an example of such an effort and is the application to psychiatric patients of techniques which were originally devised for determining male fertility.

An unexpected opportunity arose to study semen quality in a group of schizophrenic patients. Observations were to be made on the chemistry and morphology of the ejaculatory secretion following ultraviolet irradiation of body surfaces. Patients in a mental institution were the subjects, and among those selected, seven men were found unsuited to the study. It became apparent from observations made on specimens obtained as controls prior to irradiation that their semen analyses differed from those of other psychiatric patients and from those of mentally normal men observed in an infertility clinic. Each member of the disqualified group had